Harry Frishman 1/19/81 (40 years ago)

Harry, you remain a strong memory and inspiration.

Harry in the Taos Box

Certainly Harry wasn’t one to miss the possibility of engaging “fun hog-ness” in every activity, that’s for sure – so here’s a photo of him kayaking the Taos Box.

Jimbo Buickerood colección de fotos

Harry following the water.
Crédito total, Burnham Arndt
Harry Frishman, Kim Schmitz, Jonathan Wright 1980.  Impermanence.  All three took other paths.
crédito total de la foto, Edgar Boyles
Harry’s surfboard

Crédito total, rŌbert

Crēdito total de la foto, Bernie Arndt

Roof at Red Cloud Ranch, Lake City, Colorado. Billy Roos (right) with lounging tribal chief, Harry Frishman.  Matt Wells


From the Jackson Hole News


I will always remember Davie Agnew, eyes slammed shut, tears streaming down his face, singing the Tom Patey song. Behind him the Tetons boomed with a 21 dynamite explosion, each round echoing through the range. The heavies at the ski area were aghast their bombs were being used….

Edgar Boyles


Investigate Rep. Boebert’s ties to white nationalist groups.

Garfield County Democrats started this petition to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and 2 others

January 2021


Speaker of the House, Representative Nancy Pelosi

House Majority Leader, Representative Steny Hoyer

House Minority Leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy

FROM:   Constituents of the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado

As constituents of Representative Lauren Boebert (CD3), we respectfully urge you to investigate Rep. Boebert with regard to her connections to the white supremacist groups that instigated the insurrection in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. 

We are alarmed by statements made by Rep. Boebert prior to the insurrection which surely served to help pro-Trump extremists feel justified participating in the violent and racist events of that day. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned by the fact that Rep. Boebert has continued to post content which undoubtedly incites the fury of dangerous white nationalist groups.

Below are just some of Rep. Boebert’s public statements on the days surrounding the insurrection: 

The Founding Fathers did not back down when people told them what they could and could not do.”   (Jan. 5, Twitter)

Today is 1776.” (Jan. 6, Twitter)

I have constituents outside this building right now. I promised my constituents to be their voice.” (Jan. 6, Address to Congress)

“The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.”  (Jan. 6, Twitter)

“I want you all to know how proud I am to have taken a stand on the Electoral College certification.” (Jan. 8, Twitter)

“Hillary must be pissed it took the DNC until 2020 to successfully rig an election.” (Jan. 9, Twitter)

During the insurrection, despite the directive from the Sergeant of Arms for legislators to refrain from posting on social media, Rep. Boebert posted information on Twitter regarding the whereabouts of Speaker Pelosi, a known target of the insurrectionists.

Two days later, Rep. Boebert posted a video encouraging people to go back and watch her Jan. 6 address to Congress. It is in this speech that Rep. Boebert refers to those rioting outside the Capitol building as her “constituents” to whom she has promised “to be their voice.”

The fact that Rep. Boebert encouraged people to go back and watch her floor speech–even after she had a full account of the events that occurred on Jan.6–indicates that Rep. Boebert has no regrets about promising to be the voice for the right-wing extremists on the Capitol grounds that day.

As constituents of Rep. Boebert, we appreciate your leadership on this important matter.Start a petition of your ownThis petition starter stood up and took action. Will you do the same? Start a petition



On January 7, 2021, one day after an unprecedented violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by extremist supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump resulted in the deaths of four people and the first violent breach of the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812, an unprecedented coalition of over 60 elected officials and progressive advocacy groups sent a letter to the two Republican members of Congress from Colorado who helped Trump incite his supporters to violence, Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn, demanding they resign from office immediately.

“You are directly responsible for the destruction and mayhem that engulfed the U.S. Capitol and American democracy yesterday. Never in our history has such a baseless attempt to subvert the will of the voters been allowed to fester into violence inside the United States Capitol…The events of January 6th 2021, which you each incited and directly encouraged, were a blatant assault on our country. Your role in yesterday’s violent failed coup makes you unworthy, and undeserving of the honor of representing Colorado in Congress. You violated the oath of office you took mere days ago—therefore we demand your immediate resignation and an end to your fanning of the flames that caused this attempted coup at once.”
Sign our petition calling on Reps. Doug Lamborn and Lauren Boebert of Colorado to immediately resign from office.

We allow these subhumans to live in the U.S.?? ~ rŌbert

Some of the MAGA mob rioters who stormed the US Capitol smeared their own feces throughout the building and left brown ‘footprints’ in their wake.

They took a shit on American democracy — literally.

Some of the unhinged pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday defecated inside the historic building and “tracked” their feces in several hallways, the Daily News has learned.

Iraq launches invasion to bring democracy to America ~ The Chaser


The nation of Iraq has today begun the first stages of a mission to bring peace and prosperity to the North American continent, after the nation deployed thousands of forces to stabilise the region in the wake of recent political and social unrest. 

The rogue American state, which has been plagued by constant warfare for generations, has recently seen violent clashes breaking across the country between civilians and the military, relating to the oppression of ethnic minorities that live within its borders. Experts on the area state that relations between two rival factional groups, the clans known as ‘Reds’ and ‘Blues’ have recently broken down, leading to the complete circumvention of democratic processes by the current regime, which holds control over the country’s government despite wining a minority of votes at the last election.

The country is also rumoured to have stockpiles of many weapons banned by the United Nations, including various biological weapons and thousands of WMDs.

Representatives for Iraq’s government say that this is a joyous time for America’s people, who will finally be liberated from the horrors of their oppressive rulers. “No longer will your people be forced to work in factories for mere dollars a day, barely able to feed yourselves while those in power line their pockets,” declared Iraq’s President. “No longer will your minority groups have to fear being shot walking down the street, no longer will your children see daily gun violence when they should be learning in school. No longer will your impoverished masses be forced to go without food, or die of preventable disease because of inadequate medical care. No longer will entire cities be without clean drinking water. You are free now.”

Asked how long the reconstruction of America would take, Iraqi officials said that it is expected to last exactly as long as it takes for them to fleece all of America’s oil, at which point they will be left to fend for themselves.



Bill Watterson, creator of "Calvin and Hobbes," in 1986 at his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. (C.H. Pete Copeland/(Cleveland) Plain Dealer/AP)
Bill Watterson, creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” in 1986 at his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. (C.H. Pete Copeland/(Cleveland) Plain Dealer/AP) 

By Michael CavnaDec. 31, 2020 at 4:00 a.m. MSTAdd to list

Bill Watterson reflects today and marvels at the perch that syndicated strips once held, back when the comics page was part of the nation’s daily cultural conversation.

“The reach and impact of newspaper comic strips,” Watterson says by email, “is almost impossible to fathom now.”

Watterson created “Calvin and Hobbes” for a decade, when the strip was syndicated to 2,000-plus newspapers. When his comic ended its run a quarter-century ago this week — on Dec. 31, 1995 — the departure capped a seismic year of farewells by superstar strips: Gary Larson had retired “The Far Side” that January, and Berkeley Breathed had ended his Sunday-only “Bloom County” spinoff, “Outland,” that March.

“This was three Hall of Famers walking away in their prime,” says Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. “I don’t think anything like that had happened before, or has happened since, in comics.”

All three features had been a daily morning must-read for multitudes — exactly a century after Richard Outcault’s “Hogan’s Alley,” featuring the Yellow Kid, first helped spur the rise of Sunday color comics as big audience draws.

“A cartoonist could talk to tens of millions of people, from all walks of life, every single day, year after year,” Watterson says. “Newspaper comics were about as democratic an art as you can get. The mass media had its faults, but I do miss the way it created a shared cultural experience.”

A Sunday "Calvin and Hobbes" strip, when Watterson's comic was read by millions every morning. (Bill Watterson/Andrews McMeel Syndication)
A Sunday “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, when Watterson’s comic was read by millions every morning. (Bill Watterson/Andrews McMeel Syndication) 

Other stellar strips continued to attract many readers after 1995, and Watterson notes that in the early 2000s, Richard Thompson’s “Cul de Sac” proved that the launch of great new comics was still possible. But that, he says, was during the era when “the Internet came and blew apart the newspaper ecosystem.”

“A lot of the technological change has been exciting, but it’s really changed how creative works are valued,” says Watterson, noting that if cartoon art can be digitized, “it’s probably out there, free for the taking. The old business model doesn’t work anymore. It’s hard to compete against instantaneous, plentiful and free.”

Hilary Price, whose syndicated strip “Rhymes With Orange” launched in the summer of 1995, says journalism’s digital transition has affected comics’ visibility for the worse.

“For readers who get their news on a screen, online newspapers bury their comics deep in their websites, if they carry them at all,” Price says. “Sunday funnies don’t ‘wrap’ the Sunday e-editions. So as more people migrate to the screen, the comics are further divorced from the news-reading experience.”

Breathed, who this month celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Bloom County’s” launch, says he has adjusted to the industry’s technological evolution. He revived “Bloom County” in 2015, after ending the Pulitzer Prize-winning strip in 1989.

Opus the penguin, who first launched to fame in "Bloom County" 40 years ago. (Berkeley Breathed)
Opus the penguin, who first launched to fame in “Bloom County” 40 years ago. (Berkeley Breathed) (Berkeley Breathed)

Today, he values his “immediate relationship” with his online readers — a smaller but more connected audience than in the ‘90s. “I knew nothing of, or from, my readers for decades. Now, we’re family,” Breathed says. “Not a family of 70 million anymore, but closer. We hug digitally — far more rewarding.”

Today, he values his “immediate relationship” with his online readers — a smaller but more connected audience than in the ‘90s. “I knew nothing of, or from, my readers for decades. Now, we’re family,” Breathed says. “Not a family of 70 million anymore, but closer. We hug digitally — far more rewarding.”

The key to adapting to the new ecosystem, he says, is to keep your eyes and insights facing forward: “It’s like divorce and resenting finding your assets halved overnight: The mental Zen trick for survival is pretending that the other half never existed.”

Berkeley Breathed on why ‘Bloom County’ really made its return

Although the 20th-century primacy of the mass-media newspaper comic strip has faded, Watterson is optimistic about the next generation.

“That makes me feel old, but comics are an incredibly versatile, adaptable art,” he says. “They’re such a natural and effective way to communicate ideas that I don’t doubt that new artists will find new ways to find new audiences.

“I have to remind myself that this Internet landscape is completely normal to the kids coming up, and their motivations and solutions will not be what mine were,” he notes. “The world moves on.”

Breathed, whose Hollywood credits include adapting his book “A Wish for Wings That Work,” compares the print comic strip with the movie multiplex, believing both are in permanent repose.

“Neither movies nor comic art are disappearing, though,” he says. “That’s the punchline.”